Underequipped and Unpaid, Mosul’s Civil Defenders Reunite the Dead With the Living


A month passed since Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory in the battle to clear Islamic State from Mosul. A hesitant calm has descended over the city as neighborhoods that residents abandoned during the fighting are gradually... Read more

In 1981, Weather and Reporters Stymied a Complicated Air Ambush in Sudan


In reaction to Libya claiming all of the Gulf of Syrte as its territorial... Read more

Not Every Civil War Is a Guerilla War


Civil wars have been given fairly blunt analysis for years. Security analysts have painted... Read more

The Union Cavalry Raid That Inspired James Mattis


On April 17, 1863, a former music teacher with a fear of horses —... Read more

A Lot of Hard Work Stands Between India and Its Own Stealth Fighter


In 2008, India’s Aeronautical Development Agency began developing a multi-role fighter to replace its... Read more
You Needed Grit to Dive On a Target in an A-4 Skyhawk
Modern jet fighters continue to grow ever more complicated and more fantastically expensive. But some of the most influential...
The Geopolitics of Crazy

The Geopolitics of Crazy

The United States has beaten its head against the wall of North Korea for more than 70 years, and...

The Moon-Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued by NASA

The Moon-Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued by NASA

On his way out to the Moon, there simply wasn’t time for Edgar Mitchell to contemplate the universe. The...

We Won the War in Afghanistan—And Then Lost It

We Won the War in Afghanistan—And Then Lost It

This story originally appeared on Feb. 16, 2015. Robert Grenier was the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s chief of station...

Review: Dollar Shave Club Is Offering War Is Boring Readers A Special $5 Starter Kit

Review: Dollar Shave Club Is Offering War Is Boring Readers A Special $5 Starter Kit

So, we’ve decided to partner with the Dollar Shave Club to bring you this product review and show you...

New Shows Examine the CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Cocaine Trade

New Shows Examine the CIA’s Past Role in Latin America’s Cocaine Trade

This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. A pair of new television programs tackles the role of the U.S....

America’s Spitfires

America’s Spitfires Hot

The sleekly elegant Supermarine Spitfire is the iconic British fighter of World War II, the plane that kept the...

The U.S. Navy’s Greatest Enemy Might Be Exhaustion

The U.S. Navy’s Greatest Enemy Might Be Exhaustion

With the USS John S. McCain knocked out of commission after a collision on Aug. 21 near the Straits of...

The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries

The U.S. Military Is Cozying Up to Sudan, of All Countries

The United States seems to be working toward courting an unexpected ally in its operations in Africa. On Aug....

Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Is No Good

Erik Prince’s Plan For Afghanistan Is No Good

As the U.S. war in Afghanistan approaches its 17th year, the Trump administration lacks a clear strategy for winning...

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